Healthy Lifestyles

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

YMCA of the USA is one of several partners in the Million Hearts campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the campaign is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through heart disease prevention activities.

This program is open to YMCA members and Community members.

Cost

  • Free - YMCA members with their own blood pressure cuff
  • $15 - YMCA members who need or want a new cuff
  • $30 - Community members (with or without their own cuff)

How the program works

Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to:

  • Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
  • Attend two personalized consultations per month
  • Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

Participants will record their blood pressure readings, using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool. The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.

Program goals

  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Better blood pressure management
  • Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  • Enhanced knowledge to develop healtheir eating habits

To qualify

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • Not be at risk for lymphedema

For more information contact Steve Shawcroft at 253-460-8840 or by email.

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Journey to Healthy Living (Life University)

If you are struggling with your relationship to food and your body, Journey to Healthy Living provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle. 

This eight-week class meets twice a week and includes moderate physical activity, book discussion, journaling, and food education within a supportive environment. This group presents a new way of thinking about the way food and body image interact with your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  

Cost:
$50 YMCA Member
$65 Community Member

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Morgan Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you.  (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Kelsey Silver at ksilver@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8845 to be notified when new classes become available. 

Find out more about other Life University classes at your branch. 


JACQUIE FINDS ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH JOURNEY TO HEALTHY LIVING

For most of her life, JacQuie struggled with her feelings of self-worth, and relied on eating as a form of control. Recognizing that she needed help breaking unhealthy habits, she decided to participate in Journey to Freedom Healthy Living.

Journey to Healthy Living_2015_JacQuie Blake“I had a place to go where we were all safe to talk,” said JacQuie. “Everyone could say their thoughts and feelings uninterrupted and unchallenged, and that was encouraging.”

Journey to Healthy Living provides group support for those searching to find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image.

This small group guides participants to achieve peace with their bodies and lifestyle.Since completing Journey to Freedom, JacQuie has been able to take control of her eating and enjoys making disciplined choices for nourishment. She has even begun taking care of her brother to help him make healthy eating choices.

“I am a different person now,” said JacQuie. “I get such happiness when I say no to unhealthy choices, and yes to healthy ones. Now that’s empowerment!”

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their new normal. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

Learn more about LIVESTRONG Program

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • Being overweight or obese (i.e., BMI of 25 or higher)
  • First-degree family history of diabetes
  • Being age 45 or older
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Low HDL Cholesterol (35 mg/dl; 0.09 mmol/l) and high triglycerides (250 mg/dl;2.82 mmol/l)
  • High blood pressure (consistent reading of 140/90mmHg or higher)
  • History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Belonging to one of the following ethnic populations: African Americans, Native American Indians, Latinos, Asian, Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Having a history of vascular disease

Program Goals

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Fees

Please contact Susan Buell at sbuell@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8912 for information about program fees. Insurance and financial assistance options may apply.

More Information

Contact Susan Buell at 253-460-8912.

 


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